New York City is still closed to non essential business until at least June 15th. It is up in the air as to whether or not the nation’s largest public school system will be back on in September. Unemployment has had lows not seen since the depression. We all know what was the key factor to getting out of the depression…

But I digress…

Bars in NYC have begun serving drinks out of the front windows of their establishments. The bar next to my apartment building in doing this…

So now, on any given night, and by night I mean 3pm when the bar opens…people can be found congregated outside the bar. Drinking. Smoking. And obviouly not wearing masks…

Last Friday when I was walking my dog at 7pm, I counted twenty (20)( * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * if you’re helping kids with common core) people outside the bar.

What does this mean on a NYC street?

Well, there were 8 people in the little tiny alcove right in front on the window which normally has 2 tables for two people set up- or in social distancing terms, room for 2 people…

There were six people on the sidewalk between the cordoned off bar seating avenue blocking both the sidewalk an the city bus stop that is right there…

There were six people in front of my apartment building which borders the bar, but again, congregated into a spot for one social distant person…

I gave the six people who were blocking the sidewalk forcing me to go into the street and the bus stop with my dog a dirty look. The drunk woman (who was not college age so I can’t blame it on youth) made the snide comment of “Wow- you would think she would be happy that we’re not standing closer to other people…”

Yeah…

good times…

I walked into my building and told my doorman what had just happened…

I asked how is that essential…

My neighbor who was in the lobby replied..

“Of course that’s essential. People are so depressed they need to get drunk to forget…’

So I guess there’s that…

68 thoughts on “Onze- Essential

  1. I don’t know what the right answer is regarding opening things back up, but the temperature has been 90 this week and the sea of humanity along Boulder Creek is stunning. The county has an order to wear masks but I think it applies to indoors and it’s *suggested* elsewhere.

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  2. Well that’s disturbing. Is this congregating the norm at other bars or just a chance thing because ownership is allowing it and no one is enforcing distancing? I don’t follow the ins and outs of what other states are doing to reopen, but someone- if this is the new norm- is putting others in danger and just being stupid for giving the okay for this… in my opinion.

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    1. All the bars. My husband and daughter went to Trader Joe’s last week, which is about 8 blocks north of us on a big avenue. It was happening at every bar along that stretch, which is at least twelve bars. This is what is annoying me…the hypocrisy of this whole situation. Esther everything is open, or everything is closed. It’s there’s a loophole people will find it…plus…open container IS illegal no matter how you look at it….

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      1. Wow, things are much different here and more tightly controlled still. I’m sorry this is happening for you as it has to add to stress now just walking out your door.

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  3. Yes, LA, I agree. Everything is open, and everything is closed.
    Alcohol use , someone is ‘depressed’ , is not a good idea, since alcohol is a depressant.

    Furthermore, alcohol use eases inhibitions and causes people to say and do unfortunate things, at times. 🌷

    I stick to grape juice instead. 🤗

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      1. I don’t care if they deliver alcohol. I care about how they allowed to sell drinks out the window and let people congregate when other businesses can’t do the same…

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  4. Since we have had partial reopening here but my county chose to not open as much as the governor allows there have been a lot of talk about essential vs not. Like how it is OK to crowd Walmart and Home Depot but a small business can’t open with capacity limits.

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  5. It’s tricky, LA. They’re making choices for themselves, but do they actually realize their choices impact everyone else too? My guess is they don’t care. Not out of malice, but out of straight up dissatisfaction at the situation in which we find ourselves.
    Some people simply aren’t mindful enough to understand or even accept that every choice we make ripples out from us impacting everything in it’s path…
    Meanwhile, I’m over here drinking at home so my choices only impact me 😉

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  6. You made me laugh this morning with your reference to common core. Drink at home or eat sweets.Interesting how they are choosing to get around this. For some people, there exist no laws as the laws are for other people. There has been an interesting spike in crimes committed such as robberies and shootings of people gathered in parks. In our city, a shooting of a teenager at a park gathering of teens in front of a beautiful city park and next to the police station is being investigated. The locals in the area are outraged. This is a high end city park with a shooting at 9:30 p.m. when we are allowed to be out walking and enjoying the riverwalk area. There is now an investigation into this as at that time many family members would be out. The reports by the locals living in the immediate high end area spoke of trash talking, etc.

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    1. And now, this is how the police spend their time…patrolling the streets and giving warnings and tickets to the bars…which probably won’t get paid because the court system isn’t open….vicious cycle….

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      1. And now you understand better my feelings about this whole situation. No one is looking at thing objectively. People are shouting out platitudes and taking sides, but no one is really looking at what’s in front of them. And now the cdc has changed their minds again, which I get, because more research and such…but yeah…

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      2. Oh I’m with you. I agree that objectivity is out the door. In our state decisions appear to me to be motivated politically. There is a lot of do as I say not as I do. I look at this from a medical standpoint and I believe that this is a real contagion and should be respected. I was working ER when H1N1 was here. Even though I wore the mask, gloves etc. and took everything off and showered when I got home,before doing anything else, my youngest still caught it, and caught it, bad. So even with precautions, a virus can pass on. Covid is worse. As for the CDC, I
        just don’t know.

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  7. I see stories like this and am just absolutely dumbfounded. Especially when it is in the middle of an area so devastatingly impacted. Taking care of mental health is hugely important, but… I cannot see how this even comes close to doing that.

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    1. This is my problem with this whole thing. We did it half assed, and as we know, half an ass doesn’t get you anywhere….It’s hypocrisy at its worst….this is why I do back to my original stance…don’t blame anyone nor give praise till this is over…cause no one knows what they’re doing…

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  8. I would report the place to the police, they are not abiding by the rules. Bars have not opened up here as yet, but garden centers have and the tip, (rubbish dump). The queues for that are a good 5 hour wait.
    There is talk of the schools for young children opening June but we shall have to wait and see.
    Thing is at some point, given that we in UK, not sure about you in the USA, have been told that there is no vaccine that will work and the virus will never be eradicated will just have to get on with it, get back out to work and get the country moving. We have been sort of told that all taxes will go up and that the Bank Of England may (which means will) drop the interest rate to 0% which means we will have to pay to have our money in the bank, given that everything is done over the internet now, means that everyone as to have a bank account, they have got us well and truly stitched up.
    Happy days.

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  9. Interesting–I used to live in NYC (five years), so…I wonder how things are going there. Wow, sounds like we’ll either find out that we’re “safe” or find out that we’re effed–either way, we’ll find out in a few weeks, right? I do not live there, but here (far south; think, Florida, but farther south), people are seriously NOT wearing masks or social distancing of any kind on the beaches, yet, we are forced to wear masks in any store or establishment we go into. It seems to totally defeat the purpose, for the latter, if we’re not doing anything to protect ourselves on the beaches!

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    1. A lot of “experts” say you don’t need them outside. The larger problem is, no one knows what we should or should not be doing. The cdc just reversed course…again….

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  10. Incredible LA. And the way you describe the scenario is astounding me. It’s like all common sense goes out the window when someone decides it’s their right to do whatever they want. I get it. So frustrating. I’m sorry. Stay safe

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    1. I don’t care if people want to drink. I care about blocking sidewalks. And being stupid. The rules shouldn’t be for some they should be for all…if bars can sell shits out of windows, stores can sell merchandise out of their windows…cause we’re all in this together…😆

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  11. You’re reaffirming my decision to never live in a city again.😁 where do people get off treating you that way and making it difficult for you to do your essential errands?

    Things are much more civil here, though we don’t have a serious Covid issue like NYC. Doesn’t seem right.

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  12. I hope your dirty look was scathing not that it would achieve anything but here in Canada there is no consumption of alcohol on public streets and that woman was probably too drunk to know that NO people do NOT have to get drunk during hard times.

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  13. The problem is the tendency of people to look at things from their own perspective. It’s rare that human beings choose to put themselves in another person’s shoes, which means behaviour will inherently be selfish in nature. Society’s focus on personal entitlement doesn’t help matters.

    I’m pretty intolerant around the subject of drinking as I find it easy to go without, but one of your readers was spot on in her comment that alcohol is actually a depressant, so actually not an ideal methodology for drowning COVID-19 blues.

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    1. Of course! That’s the problem. People are not coping- and I’m tired of people who are pushing aside our mental health issues. The cases of PTSD are going to be crazy… no one is taking into consideration what the fall out is going to be

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  14. I’d find that situation maddening too. It’s actually been a relief not to see all the cars at a local dive bar in the middle of the afternoon during the lockdown. Sounds like you handled it as best as you could.

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  15. That’s been the problem with the “lock downs” from the beginning: if everyone doesn’t do it, it doesn’t really help. And since essential workers can’t do it (doctors, nurses, food supply people, gas station workers, etc,…the list is long), we’ve never had everyone doing it. Which may explain why the places that have the strictest lock-downs are sometimes the same places that have the highest concentration of cases? I have to admit I don’t understand any of it.
    But I do know that drunks shouldn’t be blocking the sidewalks and standing around in close clusters during a pandemic. There’s no reason for that either! Here restaurants can sell liquor to go but the idea is you take it home and drink it, and the reason is that restaurants make their money on alcohol, so it’s a way of keeping them open. I haven’t seen people just standing round the restaurant drinking, and the bars are still closed. I don’t blame you for being upset! I would too….it makes no sense!
    I think part of the problem is that people aren’t coping with the restrictions, and the longer they drag on, the worse it gets. But try telling that to a politician.

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  16. I’d be pissed too. I dont understand the bars being open either. It’s the prime spot to congregate and for some.people the drunker you get the stupider you get. Sorry you have to deal with this crap!

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